'Support to Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (Himalica)’ project at Chittagong Hill Tracts
Funded by : The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Implemented by : Arannayk Foundation
Location : Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)
Duration : November'13 - June'14
Budget : US$ 42,000
About the project :

Arannayk Foundation (AF) in collaboration with The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has implemented capacity building component of ‘Support to Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (Himalica)’ project at Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). The AF implemented 6 training events in 3 hill districts for 142 officers from Government and Non-Government sector including the media and educational institutions on the topic of ‘Adaptation to Change including Climate Change Issues’. The AF used its own staff along with professionals from the Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Chittagong University and Bangladesh Forest Research Institute for implementation of training courses.

Aside from first hand orientation to stakeholders on basic overview of climate change, the training gave an opportunity to different stakeholders of CHT to learn, discuss and share the observed issues of biophysical and social changes & their impacts on livelihood and ecosystem due to climatic and non climatic drivers in CHT. Through these trainings, most importantly, stakeholders of CHT were able to identify the way forward for adapting to those changes along with a vision plan for 2030. The trainings also benefited both Arannayk Foundation & ICIMOD through capturing knowledge and establishing a network of professionals involved in livelihood and adaptation to climate change. Arannayk Foundation was able to enhance its network and linkage with different public and private sector organizations, develop capacities of AF staffs with new knowledge and also in organizing training for different stakeholders as well as introducing the activities ICIMOD is doing under the ‘Himalica’ project. Most importantly, through the training, it was possible to identify new areas of biodiversity conservation concern and possible interventions in CHT.

Activities/Achievements (as of June 2014) :
  • 2 officials of AF participated & successfully completed the ICIMOD-Alliance Nepal’s ToT on Adaptation to Change including Climate Change at Nepal during 22-26 November 2013.
  • The AF localized, adopted and shared the ICIMOD-Alliance Nepal provided training materials with the stakeholders, through training at Chittagong Hill Tracts. On the basis of local priority and key stakeholders suggestions, the training programme was developed.
  • For better information dissemination and clarifying the climate change issues and facts, aside from ToT received officials of AF, subject matter specialists as well as CHT affair experts were involved in training as resource persons.
  • 6 trainings in the hill districts (2 in each of Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bandarban) were carried out. Government and non-government sector staffs and community leaders participated in the training programs on adaptation to change including climate change issues and resilient building.

Table-1: Overview of training participants

Stakeholders Category

No. of Participants

No. of Male participants

No. of Female participants

CHT based Govt. Officials of line agencies




CHT related Govt. Officials of research organizations




NGO officials




CHT based Public and Private College & high School Head/teachers




Civil Society/ Press representatives








Total 142 stakeholders (74 % male and 26 % female) received the training. The organizations of the training participants were as follows:

  • Government officials from the CHT Development Board & Government line agencies like Forest Department (FD), Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Department of Fisheries (DoF), Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and research institutes like Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI), Horticulture center of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) and Soil Resources Development Institute (SRDI)
  • NGO staffs and principals and headmasters including teachers of public & private Colleges and high schools.

A team of 11 trainee and resource persons visited different sites of Nepal to widen their understanding of ‘Adaptation to change including Climate Change’ through an exposure visit.

Contact us

Phone: +880-2-8711240
Fax: +880-2-8711592
Email: info@arannayk.org
Address: House# 21, Western Road, DOHS, Banani. Dhaka - 1206, Bangladesh

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